Skip to Content

Published on February 27, 2009

Palos Community Hospital's Cancer Program Earns American College of Surgeons Commendation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Approval with Commendation to Palos Community Hospital's cancer program.

Recognition is awarded based on an on-site evaluation by a physician and Certified Tumor Registrar Surveyor Team during which the hospital demonstrates a level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. The surveyor team reviews cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. This is in addition to the 36 standards that the Commission reviews.

"The Commission helps make our program at Palos successful," explains Jack Vainauskas, director of Quality Assessment and Patient Review Systems. "The Commission provides resources and education to staff which enables us to continually enhance the cancer program."

The Commission sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Approval by this organization is given to those programs that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality of cancer care and that undergo rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.